The village hall has a wide range of users.

An informal group of card players meeting every other Tuesday evening at 7:00pm for a non competitive game of Bridge. Absolute beginners very welcome.

Call Peter Stoddart on 07785707995 or email

The Community Library is open any time when the Hall is in use.

Residents and hall users are all welcome to use it.

The donation of books in top notch condition enables us to maintain a wide choice of books and your support is much appreciated.

Every Wednesday at 6.30pm.

Contact Diane Shane

We teach and promote the traditional craft of matting.The skills learned can be used in a variety of ways not only to make mats but also other things. e.g bags, wall hangings, draught excluders, cushions and small proggy kits for beginners.

We meet every Thursday to prod, hook, and Chat. Help, hints, discussion and encouragement is always available at this highly social occasion.

If you would like to join us to learn this old craft and its uses and meet a group of friendly people, please contact us for more information and the availability of beginners classes, at or visit us at Newton and Bywell Village Hall on Thursdays between 10.30 am and 3.00 pm to see what we do.

Most Mondays and Thursdays.

Contact Edwin Symm on 07854 697183.

Alternate Tuesdays

Newton and Bywell Women’s Institute is a group of friendly, outgoing ladies that meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 7pm in the Community Hall.

We offer a varied and interesting programme which reflects our members’ interests. In the past we have taken part in a number of exciting activities and demonstrations, have received some extremely interesting guest speakers, and have enjoyed excursions to various venues and events across the North East.

New members are very welcome, please contact the Secretary, Alison Wilkinson via the email address below for further information. Alternatively, you are welcome to come along to any of our meetings as a guest to see what it’s all about! For those who use social media, head to our Facebook page to find out more – just search for ‘Newton and Bywell WI’ and feel free to drop us a message if you have any questions!

Contact secretary at

Every Tuesday at 7.00pm. The group has been running for six years.

Contact Karen Merkin Ayre on 01434 633617.

A Tynedale based group of photographers (founded in 1989) with a particular focus on the photographic print and image.

Our aim is to provide a non-competitive setting and to attract members, speakers, workshops and events most likely to contribute to a greater understanding what can be achieved through the medium of photography.

Initially focussed on fine art silver gelatin printing we now also embrace digital, alternative and mixed media approaches to the use of photographic imagery.

Meeting are at Newton & Bywell Community Hall at 7:30pm on the third Friday of the month (no meetings in December, July or August).

Members attend talks and meetings free, visitors are welcome
(For talks a visitor charge of £5 goes towards speaker costs (workshops variable). 



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